Yes, we have malls. We have huge, glittering and perfumed malls. We have branded stuff, imported stuff, well-stocked shelves, fountains, food courts, etc. We have well-dressed salesmen and saleswomen. We have the ‘glitterati’ and the well-heeled frequenting these malls, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the merchandise on offer. We have the jeans with huge, threadbare gashes that are so in vogue and command a huge price, which leave the common man wondering why anyone in their right senses would pay through the nose for torn clothes of the kind that mothers would love to exchange with the bartanwali for a steel utensil. But then, there is no accounting for the herd mentality, and to differ from the herd is unthinkable. (“They are soooooo middle-class!”). You will find clothes with labels of this, that or the other House of Fashion. The same could possibly be located in any pavement stall at a fraction of the price. But, of course, you will be told that “this is branded and so, so cheap”! Also, look for the 95% who are mere window-shoppers here and who eventually gravitate sheepishly towards the vegetable and perishables section because the ‘offers’ in the other section are way beyond their budget.